Orlando Magic vs. Washington Wizards - 1/9/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Washington Wizards (15-19) at Orlando Magic (20-17)
NBA Basketball: Saturday, January 9, 2016 at 7:00 pm (Amway Center)
The Line: Orlando Magic -2.5 -- Over/Under: 197.5 See the Latest Odds
The Washington Wizards invade the Amway Center to take on the Orlando Magic tonight.
The Wizards have lost five of their last six games and are in danger of losing a fourth straight game after falling to the Raptors in a 97-88 defeat last night. John Wall led the scoring with 21 points while Otto Porter Jr. added 16 pints, but the Wizards just had no answer for the Raptors' DeMar DeRozan who poured in 35 points. As a team, Washington shot just 39 percent from the field while committing 19 turnovers which really hurt them, especially in the third quarter where they were outscored by 26-14. With the loss, Washington drops to 15-19 on the season and 8-11 at home.
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Meanwhile, the Magic were able to snap a four-game skid with an 83-77 win at Brooklyn last night. Victor Oladipo and Nikola Vucevic led the team in scoring with 20 points each while Aaron Gordon added 14 points off the bench as the Magic scrapped their way to a rare road win. It certainly wasn't the prettiest of wins as the Magic shot just 39 percent from the field, but they connected on 13 of 28 three-pointers thanks largely to Oladipo who made a career-high six threes for the game. With the win, Orlando improves to 20-17 on the season and 8-10 on the road.
In ATS trends, the WIzards are 6-2 ATS in their last eight road games and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games overall, while the Magic are 10-2 ATS in their last 12 games against a team with a winning record and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games playing on zero days rest.
Head to head, the Wizards are 12-5-1 ATS in the last 18 meetings overall and the home team is 5-0 ATS in the last five meetings.
Neither team are coming into this game with much form to speak of, but I prefer the Magic in this one as they showed a lot of grit in their win last night and should have enough to beat a shorthanded Wizards outfit.